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A Nutritional Sciences degree can be the foundation for career opportunities in areas such as:

Further information on each of these categories is listed below. Contact your academic adviser for more information about recommended courses to prepare for these careers.

    Clinical Dietetics icon-olus-circle
    • Hospitals, long-term care, and outpatient settings
    • Many specialties (pediatric, renal, diabetes, nutrition support, etc.). RDN generally required

    Registered Dietitian Nutritionists working in inpatient care earn a median salary of $56,659; ambulatory care: $51,750; and long-term care: $58,281 (Source: Compensation Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, 2009)

    Food and Nutrition Management icon-olus-circle
    • Hospitals, long-term care, businesses, schools
    • Work with chefs or at spas
    • Consult regarding healthy choices on menu

    Registered Dietitian Nutritionists working in food and nutrition management earn a median salary of $67,995 (Source: Compensation Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, 2009)

    Public Health Nutrition icon-olus-circle
    • Women, Infants & Children (WIC)
    • Public Health Department with state and county agencies
    • Cooperative Extension
    • Congregate Meals program

    Registered Dietitian Nutritionists working in public health earn a median salary of $52,000 (Source: Compensation Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, 2009)

    Education and Research icon-olus-circle
    • College, university, health professional school, and culinary school
    • Teach K-12 (requires further course work)
    • Create and write curriculum for state board of education, Dairy Council, Cooperative Extension
    • Worksite wellness--teach nutrition, exercise, fitness and other health promotion to employees
    • Manage or assist with clinical protocols, interventions, or clinical trials

    Advanced degrees are usually required for research-based and university-based jobs. The RDN credential is frequently preferred, but not required. Registered dietitians working in education and research earned a median salary of $65,000 (Source: Compensation Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, 2009)

    Consultant / Private Practice icon-olus-circle
    • Private practice consultation to hospitals and long-term care facilities on hourly or "job" basis
    • Client counseling for weight management, eating disorders, sports nutrition, diabetes management, etc. from either physician referrals and/or advertisements
    • Write cookbooks, educational programs, or articles for local newspapers or specialty magazines
    • Food photography
    • Consult at health clubs / spas as a personal trainer-nutritionist

    The RDN credential is generally required for patient counseling. Registered dietitians working in consultation and business earned a median salary of $69,992 (Source: Compensation Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession, 2009)

    Related Health Professionals icon-olus-circle

    Use your nutrition degree and skills for a career in a health-related profession

    • Chiropractor (DC)
    • Dentist (DDS)
    • Naturopathic Doctor (ND)
    • Physical Therapist (PT)
    • Physician (MD or DO)
    • Physician Assistant (PA)
    • Podiatrist (DP)
    • Veterinarian (DVM)
    • Nursing
    Business and Industry icon-olus-circle

    Careers in business and industry include jobs such as sales, marketing, public relations, research and development (labeling, recipes, and product informtation) and production quality control.

    • Food (eg. Cambell Soup, Kraft Foods, Proctor & Gamble)
    • Information Technology (eg. CBORD, Compu-Cal, Computrition, ESHA Research, First DataBank)
    • Nutritionals (eg. Mead Johnson, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Novartis Nutrition, Ross Products)
    • Nutraceuticals (eg. Archer Daniels Midland, Cooke Pharma, GeniSoy Products)
    • Pharmaceutical (eg. Eli Lily, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer)
    • Food Service Equipment (eg. Diversey Lever, Ecolab, Hamilton Beach Commercial, Hobart)
    • Food Service Contract Management (eg. Aramark Healthcare, Morrison Management, Sodexho)
    • Food Service Vendors (eg. Precision Foods, Super Bakery, Sysco, US Foodservice)
    • Medical Equipment (eg. Bodystat, HealtheTech, Johnson & Johnson)
    • Trade Associations (eg. Cranberry Institute, Dairy Council, Peanut Institute, Pork Producers)
    Media icon-olus-circle
    • Commodity groups (trade associations) hire public relations firms
    • Radio, TV, newspapers, and magazines are a major source of nutrition education for the public
    • Cooperative extension agents often write for the local media
    International Food Organizations icon-olus-circle
    • Peace Corps
    • Non-governmental organizations such as CARE, Food for the Hungry, or World Relief
    • United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
    • US AID (Agency for International Development)
    • Multi-national corporation
    • Consulting and research collaboration
    Public Policy / Government icon-olus-circle
    • Staff resource to legislator
    • Government agency--USDA, FDA, NIH, etc.
    • Health care reform
    • Supplement labels
    • Regulatory
    • Lobbyist in state or federal government